- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
I would like to add an aspect mutual respect to the “safety season” mentioned in a recent letter to the editor [“Start of school means it’s safety season again,” Maryland Independent, Aug. 15.].
The safe transportation of our children to and from school is the paramount responsibility of the school’s bus system, and area drivers have the responsibility to do their part by paying heed to tips in the previous letter.
Parents and school bus drivers have behavioral expectations that are currently being poorly met:
ŸThe bus stop is not a place for driver-parent meetings. I have waited four minutes behind a bus on Western Parkway while a parent stood in the door having a conversation with the driver.
ŸHave your child at the stop before the bus arrives. Every corner in my neighborhood has a bus sitting with lights flashing, while children run from all directions to catch the bus.
ŸParents in cars should respect the intersection. Watch most suburban bus stop intersections around bus time, cars lining up, blocking driveways, in the street, illegally close to stop signs etc. When did children become unable to walk to, and wait for, a bus?
ŸSchool bus drivers are expected to stop only at the arranged bus stop. Drivers “just helping” by stopping between assigned stops for late children are creating an added danger zone by stopping traffic and introducing pedestrians where they are not scheduled to be.
None of these things are mortal sins, and these behaviors do not excuse drivers passing loading buses and other aggressive moves by motorists, but the safety season is a two-way street.
Brett Williams, Waldorf